Aintree hero One For Arthur forced to take a break

Injured: Grand National winner One For Arthur, pictured with trainer Lucinda Russell.

Grand National winner One For Arthur has been ruled out for the season, says trainer Lucinda Russell

This year’s Aintree hero is suffering with a tendon problem in his right fore and will not attempt to repeat his famous Grand National success next April.

Russell said: “He’s out for the season. It’s not a big injury, but it’s enough for us to stop with him.

“It’s obviously a shame, but, hopefully, we can get him back to full fitness.”

Russell added the injury was discovered on Wednesday when One For Arthur had undergone a first piece of work since his summer holidays.

He was found to have disrupted fibres in his “right fore superficial flexor tendon”.

The eight-year-old gelding was one of the most evocative winners of the Grand National in recent times as he defeated Cause Of Causes by four-and-a-half lengths under Derek Fox.

Stabled in Kinross, Tayside, One For Arthur became the first Scottish-trained winner of the big race since Rubstic in 1979.

He was also the ante-post favourite to repeat the feat next Spring.

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